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Hillbilly Ways

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Jan 3, 2019


Old Country Sayings. Some of these sayings have been handed down for many, many years. Some are wise, some are funny, and some are not too wise, but you will know what they mean. I have tried to explain the meaning of them. Some are self-explanatory. A lot of these sayings are still used today. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did writing them. Other books written by Jack Overbey: The Maverick Kid - Published 2016 John Martin Mountain Man Extraordinaire - Published 2017 Hobo Cowboy - Published 2018

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Hillbilly Ways - Maggalee Buttree Overbey

Hillbilly Ways

Maggalee Buttree Overbey

Copyright © 2018 Maggalee Buttree Overbey

All rights reserved

First Edition

Page Publishing, Inc

New York, NY

First originally published by Page Publishing, Inc 2018

ISBN 978-1-64424-807-2 (Paperback)

ISBN 978-1-64424-806-5 (Digital)

Printed in the United States of America

My name is Maggalee Buttree Overbey, named after two wonderful aunts, Maggie Ann Johnson and Par Lee Buttree. My mother is Lydia Mae Johnson Buttree, and my father is Joe Ivory Buttree. Par Lee is Dad’s sister; Maggie Ann is Mom’s sister.

I am eighty-five years old as of this writing. The first remembrance of my childhood was I lived in a slab-plank cabin, and the slabs were vertical up and down, not horizontal. Sometimes, one of the slabs would get loose down by the floor. We kids would play in and out of the house so that the slab would go in and out. It was like a miniature door that we started or doggie door. We thought that was a lot of fun. It didn’t take much to satisfy us kids. We didn’t have any store-bought toys, just a wild imagination. My brother, Irving, was probably two and a half years older than me. We made our own toys and our own entertainment, like the plank that was loose at the floor. Our log cabin had two rooms: the kitchen had a hole in the floor, wide on one end and narrowed down to a point on the other. My brother, Guy, got his barefoot caught in the hole and couldn’t get it out; we told him there is a snake down there and a lot of bugs. He cried a lot. It wasn’t that mean of us, but we thought it was funny.

I am writing this tale with a full, sad, but grateful heart, to celebrate the memory of my parents and my siblings.

This is a true story unembellished; it is the story of life, hardship, love, good times and bad times, and yes, even death.

This is the way it was in the hills of Kentucky in the early 1930s. I am telling this tale, one side of my family at a time. This is the true story, the way it was.

The Great Depression was in full swing. It was hard to survive in those days, especially in the hills where I grew up. We were so far back up the hollow. They had to pump daylight to us every morning. The Indians named this beautiful land Kentucky—in the Indian language, it means the dark and bloody ground. It’s a beautiful state, but I must say, it lived up somewhat to the Indian name and lure. It was a primitive country for quite some time. I’ll probably get into trouble for saying that, but I believe it’s true.

In the beginning, when Daniel Boone started taking settlers to Kentucky, they had no schools, no colleges, no facilities—only the school of hard knocks. Pioneers had to learn quickly the way of the wilds or die. We lived only a few miles from Daniel Boone’s wilderness trail. My husband’s parents lived on the Daniel Boone trail. Most roads were dirt, and some roads was a creek with a rocky bottom, and we used them for roads. Sometimes, we would make a sled, which was pulled by a horse or mule and use it to get to the main road, which was dirt. This is my

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